-ˈan(t)-sə- How to pronounce unanswerable (audio)
: not capable of being answered
also : irrefutable
-ˌan(t)-sə- How to pronounce unanswerable (audio)
-ˈan(t)-sə- How to pronounce unanswerable (audio)

Examples of unanswerable in a Sentence

the unanswerable assertion that she didn't know much about art but she knew what she liked
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Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unanswerable was in 1613

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“Unanswerable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unanswerable. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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un·​an·​swer·​able ˌən-ˈan(t)s-(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce unanswerable (audio)
: not answerable
especially : irrefutable
the arguments were unanswerable

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